Atlético Madrid will seek to secure first place in Group A away to Club Brugge, who are sure to finish third.
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Atlético Madrid will look to wrap up first place in Group A away to a Club Brugge side for whom this will be the last UEFA Champions League game of the season – although the Belgian side have guaranteed their European campaign will continue into 2019.
• Atlético, who secured progress on matchday five, were 3-1 winners against Club Brugge in Spain on matchday two, Antoine Griezmann scoring either side of Arnaut Groeneveld's goal for the visitors; Diego Simeone's side did not make sure of the win until Koke got their third goal four minutes into added time.
• Los Colchoneros are top of the section on 12 points, two more than second-placed Borussia Dortmund. Atleti will seal first place with a win or if Dortmund do not gain victory at bottom side Monaco.
• Club Brugge are in third position, and hold a four-point cushion over Monaco; they will therefore finish in the same place and move into the UEFA Europa League round of 32.
• All five of the clubs' previous contests have been won by the home side; these are Atlético's only games against Belgian clubs.
• Club Brugge were 2-0 winners in the home first leg of their 1977/78 European Cup quarter-final against Atlético, and survived a 3-2 defeat in Spain to win the tie 4-3 on aggregate. Club Brugge went on to finish runners-up to Liverpool in Belgium's only European Cup final appearance.
• It was also a 3-2 scoreline in Madrid when the sides were reunited in the 1991/92 European Cup Winners' Cup quarter-finals, Atlético again emerging victorious. Once more, however, it was Club Brugge who came out on top on aggregate, progressing on away goals after a 2-1 second-leg win in Bruges; that remains their last win in a European quarter-final.
• Beaten 1-0 at home by Dortmund on matchday one, the 3-1 defeat at Atlético extended Club Brugge's run of defeats in the UEFA Champions League, group stage to final, to eight in a row – four short of the competition record held by another Belgian club, Anderlecht – before it was ended by a 1-1 home draw against Monaco. The 4-0 win away to the Ligue 1 side in the reverse fixture ended a 13-year, 13-game sequence without a victory in the UEFA Champions League, qualifying included; a goalless draw at Dortmund on matchday five made it three games unbeaten in the competition.
• The Belgian side had drawn two and lost 11 of their last 13 games in the competition prior to matchday four. Group stage to final, Club Brugge's previous UEFA Champions League win was a 3-2 home defeat of Rapid Wien in November 2005; their winless run until the victory against Monaco was D2 L9. They have won only three of their last 17 fixtures in the UEFA Champions League proper (D3 L11).
• The Monaco match on matchday three was the first time Club Brugge had picked up a point in the group stage since a 1-1 draw against Bayern München on 7 December 2005.
• Belgian champions for the 15th time in 2017/18, this is Club Brugge's second group campaign in three seasons, and their sixth overall. Before 2016/17 – when they lost every game to finish bottom of a group including Leicester, Porto and København – their previous participation had come in 2005/06.
• Club Brugge have not won in the last eight home European games (D3 L5), since a 1-0 UEFA Europa League group stage defeat of Legia Warsawa in November 2015.
• The Belgian side's home record against Spanish visitors is W5 D2 L4, the most recent game a 2-1 loss to Villarreal in the 2010/11 UEFA Europa League group stage.
• Atleti came from behind to win 2-1 at Monaco on matchday one before beating Club Brugge. They unexpectedly went down 4-0 at Dortmund on matchday three – their joint heaviest European defeat – but turned the tables on the German club with a 2-0 victory at the Estadio Metropolitano and sealed their place in the round of 16 by beating Monaco by the same scoreline last time out.
• The defeat in Dortmund ended Atlético's five-match winning run in European games, and is only their second defeat in their last 19 matches in continental competition (W13 D4).
• Despite the defeat in Dortmund, Atlético have lost only two of their last nine European away games, winning three.
• UEFA Champions League finalists in 2014 and 2016, and semi-finalists two seasons ago, Atlético won only one game in the 2017/18 competition, drawing four including all three away, to finish behind Roma and Chelsea in their section.
• However, Los Rojiblancos then moved into the UEFA Europa League, winning their first five matches. They lost only one of nine overall and defeated Marseille 3-0 in the Lyon final.
• Simeone's side have already lifted European silverware this season, beating Real Madrid 4-2 in August's UEFA Super Cup in Tallinn – making them the first team to win the competition on their first three appearances.
• The Rojiblancos have reached two UEFA Champions League and three UEFA Europa League finals in the last nine seasons.
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• Club Brugge coach Ivan Leko played for Spanish side Málaga between 2001 and 2005, scoring four goals in 79 league appearances. His record in five games against Atlético was W2 L3 – all three defeats coming in Madrid – scoring in a 2-1 Málaga home success in April 2004.
• Nikola Kalinić and Matej Mitrović have played together for Croatia.
• The Belgian champions won eight of their first nine league games this season, drawing the other, before a 3-1 defeat at Standard Liège on 7 October. They have won only one of their last seven (D3 L3), beating Standard 3-0 on 2 December but losing 2-1 at Waasland-Beveren on Friday.
• Ruud Vormer scored Club Brugge's goal at Waasland-Beveren, his second in the league this season; the midfielder managed 13 in 2017/18.
• Stefano Denswil opened the scoring against Standard on 2 December, his first goal this season. Summer signing Sofyan Amrabat scored the third goal, his first for the club.
• Emmanuel Bonaventure, who was sidelined between matchdays three and five, scored the second goal against Standard before limping off with a reported hamstring injury. He missed Friday's defeat.
• Club Brugge's Belgian Cup campaign ended in the last 32, with a 2-0 defeat at amateur side Deinze on 26 September.
• Jelle Vossen sustained a knee injury in the 1-1 draw against Waasland-Beveren on 19 October and is expected to be out until 2019.
• Arnaut Groeneveld missed matchday three with an ankle injury and has not played since.
• Krepin Diatta (out since 6 November, hamstring) and Thibaut Vlietinck (10 November, muscle) are also sidelined.
• Jan Oblak made his 50th appearance in UEFA club competition on matchday five.
• Atlético have won just one Liga game away from home this season (D5 L1).
• The Rojiblancos defeated Sant Andreu 4-0 in their Copa del Rey fourth round second leg on 5 December (5-0 on aggregate), Nikola Kalinić scoring his first goal for the club.
• Kalinić also opened the scoring in Saturday's 3-0 victory at home to Alavés, Antoine Griezmann and Rodri adding further goals in the last eight minutes. Griezmann's strike was his fourth in the Liga this season.
• Atlético are unbeaten in ten matches in all competitions (W7 D3) since losing at Borussia Dortmund on matchday three.
• The 4-0 loss in Dortmund was Atlético's biggest defeat of Diego Simeone's reign and their heaviest since a 5-0 reverse at Barcelona on 24 September 2011.
• Diego Costa scored twice in Atlético's 4-2 extra-time defeat of Real Madrid in the UEFA Super Cup in Tallinn on 15 August. Saúl Ñíguez and Koke were also on target.
• Costa has scored three goals in five UEFA club competition appearances this season, but did not find the net in domestic football between striking against Sevilla on 25 February and opening the scoring against Barcelona on 24 November. That ended a run of 18 Liga games without a goal, during which time he had scored five times in Europe.
• The Spain forward has undergone surgery on a foot injury and is likely to be out for the next two months.
• José María Giménez had been out since being replaced on matchday four with a hamstring injury, but returned as a first-half substitute against Alavés, replacing Lucas Hernández after the Frenchman hurt his right knee.
• Diego Godín (hamstring) has been out since 10 November; Filipe Luís (out since matchday five) and Juanfran (22 November) have both been sidelined by calf complaints.